Changing Direction | Talking to God
Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. (Mark 3:14)
How do you know what God is calling you to do? Is there a booming voice in the clouds? A vision? Angelic messenger? Many people wrestle with this question as though it was written in code and they must find the magic decoder ring. “What is my purpose? What does God want me to do?” We struggle with this the whole time we’re flipping channels, playing video games, and talking on the phone. Maybe, instead, we should take a cue from the twelve disciples. How did they know their purpose?
Imagine you were there. You’re just figuring out who this guy might be, and he’s not like any rabbi you’ve ever met. He talks about the Bible like He wrote it. He speaks, and things happen. Weird things. Incredible things. He motions for you to follow Him into a private meeting, you and a few other guys. He sits down, so you follow suit. Now… who do you think should do the talking? You think it should be Jesus? Then let’s look at your private meetings with Him. Who does the talking? “I pray every day on my way to work,” we say, and that’s the extent of our meetings with God. See the problem? Communication is a two-way street. Shouldn’t the One with all the answers do more talking than the ones with all the questions? He speaks to us when we quiet our hearts, humble ourselves before Him, read His word like it was written to us (it was), and ask Him how we can apply every bit of it. He speaks when we get quiet.
Final Thought: If you’re wondering why you don’t hear from God, how much time do you spend letting Him talk?
Prayer: Father, this hits me hard. That’s me, the one doing all the talking. I won’t make the time to just sit in your presence, your word open, asking you to teach me. I’m ready to sit at your feet and learn how to be a disciple. In Jesus’ name, Amen.